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Volunteer’s View: April 12th 2014

This week sees the return of our occasional “Volunteer’s View” detailing goings-on at the DPS depot. While many Deltic followers were enjoying the highly successful trip behind the NRM’s 55002 to Aberdeen, work continued at Barrow Hill, as detailed in Graham Clarke’s report below:

It was a very productive day at Barrow Hill yesterday . Good progress was made on 55019′s exam in preparation for the summer at the Severn Valley Railway. Steve cleaned no.2 main generator, Mike checked various fluid levels and with Geoff’s help the fuel and oil debris traps. Geoff also finished some paintwork repairs on one of the noses and around a cab door. Tom greased the hand brake mechanisms and helped me with checking all of the electrical switch and control equipment. I also explained to him what I was doing. It’s important to try to pass on the knowledge to a younger generation. Thanks for all the help.

Deltic followers get-together: Friday 11 April

With many Deltic enthusiasts expected to be in the area advance of 52A Tours’ Deltic Aberdonian railtour with 55002 ‘THE KINGS OWN YORKSHIRE LIGHT INFANTRY’ on Saturday 12 April, DPS member John Herbert has arranged a social get-together the previous evening in Brigantes Bar & Brasserie in York. All are welcome from 18.00 onwards. (To find Brigantes, turn right outside the main station entrance, follow the road round to Micklegate traffic lights/crossroads, turn left and through Micklegate Bar and it is approx 100 metres on the left.)

We wish our friends in the KOYLI Group at the NRM all the very best with the loco’s first main line passenger trip since 1981.

D9009 to work ELR diesel turns at Easter

D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ will be in action at the East Lancashire Railway on two days over the Easter period (Easter Sunday 20th April and  Bank Holiday Monday 21st April). The loco is expected to work the following services:

09.30 Bury- Rawtenstall, 10.15 Rawtenstall-Heywood, 11.30 Heywood-Rawtenstall, 12.45 Rawtenstall-Heywood, 14.10 Heywood-Rawtenstall, 15.15 Rawtenstall-Heywood, 16.20 Heywood-Bury.

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“The Forth Scot” cancellation – Monday 5th May

It is with disappointment that we have to inform members and supporters that we have been advised by Pathfinder Tours, the promoter of the train, that the ‘Forth Scot’ tour with D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ on May 5th has been cancelled. Regrettably, bookings had almost completely dried up in recent few weeks, and with the number of tickets sold somewhat short of break even, the decision was reluctantly taken to cancel the train.

As the traction provider for this train, the DPS would like to apologise for any disappointment caused by the cancellation of this railtour, which, as you will appreciate, is out of the society’s control.

DPS Committee Changes

As those of you who attended the AGM earlier this month will be aware, there have been some changes to the DPS committee. Samantha Hickson and Peter Kennan have both stepped down, and we would like to thank them both, and Peter’s wife Gillian, who has looked after Membership for the past few years, for all the work they have put in on behalf of the society.

We are pleased to advise that Rosemary Brain has offered to take over the Membership function, and can be contacted by e-mailing membershipATthedps.co.uk. The new address for membership matters is 2 Galway Road, Arnold, Nottingham, NG5 7AY, and a membership form can be downloaded by CLICKING HERE.

In addition, Mike Birkinshaw, a well known name to many members, is taking up the position of Secretary, and can be contacted via secretaryATthedps.co.uk. We are still looking for somebody to look after the society’s books – if any member would be interested in taking this on, please contact Vice Chairman Jim Dedicoat on vicechairmanATthedps.co.uk or by phone as per the number in Deltic Deadline.

(Please change AT to @ in all the above e-mail addresses – it has been necessary to do this to reduce the amount of spam being generated by web crawlers.)

New D9009 gallery

D9009 had a successful weekend at the ELR on March 8th & 9th, undertaking all its booked workings at the diesel gala alongside the ELR’s home fleet. A gallery has been created to cover the loco’s workings on the line and and be found by clicking here.

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D9009 at Castlecroft on March 9th. (Stuart Page)

Forthcoming working parties at Barrow Hill

There will be midweek working parties at Barrow Hill from 10.30 to 17.00(ish) on the next three Wednesdays this month (12th, 19th and 26th). In addition there will be working parties every Saturday until the end of April, as well as the Easter Working Week which takes place the week after Easter (April 21st-25th). During that week, subject to numbers and RO availability, there will be working parties every day. Any members who are not regular volunteers at Barrow Hill, but would like to attend should contact DPS Volunteer Liaison Officer Mike Hallam-Rudd by e-mailing vlo@thedps.co.uk or by phone using the contact details in Deltic Deadline.

D9009 works ELR Driver Experience

Having run light engine from Barrow Hill to Bury yesterday, D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ undertook its first duty of 2014 at the ELR today, when it was employed on a Driver Experience course. The pictures below were taken by Stuart Page:

 

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Some of the team who enjoyed the Driver Experience take their pictures as D9009 runs round at Heywood.

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D9009 stands at Ramsbottom, ready for the final run of the day back to Bury.

For more information regarding the East Lancashire Railway’s Diesel Driver Experience courses, please visit http://www.elrdiesel.info/driver-experience

 

Timings for D9009 on Thursday 27th February

Timings have now been received for D9009′s light engine movement from Barrow Hill to the East Lancashire Railway on Thursday. Outline details are as follows:

Barrow Hill dep 10.20, Chesterfield arr 10.45/10.50 then via Edale, Romiley, Reddish North, Ashburys (12.07) and Brewery Curve  to Castleton (arr 12.49/dep 12.53) and then on to the ELR.

As is always the case with light engine movements, please remember that the train could run early or late.

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